Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Fun: Five Gross and Goofy Body Facts

1. What color is a pocket mouse’s fur? It depends on where it lives. If it spends most of its time on dark lava rock, its coat is black. But if it lives in a sandy place, its fur is light yellow. A pocket mouse’s hair always matches its surroundings.

2. A tiger’s black stripes and orange fur make it hard to spot. It can sneak through the grass and catch its prey by surprise.

3. When zebras run in a group, their stripes blend together. That makes it hard for predators to tell where one zebra ends and another begins.

4. In the thick, dark forests where mandrills live, it’s hard for monkeys to see each other. So a male mandrill depends on its pale beard and colorful face to catch a female’s attention.

5. A skunk’s white stripe makes it easy to spot. It warns other animals to stay away.

Looking for more Gross & Goofy Body facts? Check out my book Here We Grow: The Secrets of Hair and Nails. It’s full of weird, wacky, strange, and surprising information about your body and the bodies of other animals.

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